Manchester United legend Roy Keane believes Thomas Partey can match the achievements of Patrick Vieira at Arsenal. Partey starred for Arsenal in Sunday’s 1-0 win over United at Old Trafford. The £45million deadline day signing has made an immediate impact to Mikel Arteta’s side.
Keane was working on the match as a pundit for Sky Sports and said seeing Partey in the flesh made him realise how good he is.
“He was outstanding,” the Irishman siad.
“He’s obviously no mug having played in big games. When you watch a player live that’s when you can judge a player and the more I look at him the more I wish he was in the United midfield.
“He’s big, strong and aggressive – and he can pass it forward. He can deal with the ball.”
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Keane enjoyed many battles on the pitch with former Arsenal captain Vieira during the pair’s playing days.
And he can see Partey doing what Vieira did for so long for the Gunners.
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Keane added: “I had my battles with Vieira and I think this kid has got a chance of matching what Patrick used to do.”
Former Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp also hailed the performance of Partey as well as fellow new signing Gabriel Magalhaes.
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“Arsenal had a desire and energy to get the ball back,” Redknapp said.
“They were just better in every single department.
“I think at the back Gabriel was magnificent and Partey was the best player on the pitch. He looks like an incredible signing for them.
“I think from that point of view, what Mikel Arteta is doing, is so good. They were just a far better side tonight.”
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ended a run of five league games without a goal with his penalty.
And he was delighted to end a 14-year run without a win at Old Trafford for the Gunners.
“Very big,” Aubameyang told Sky Sports.
“It was a very tough night but I’m really happy because the team did very well. It’s been a long time since we won here.
“We knew we had to score after having opportunities in the first half. And then we had the penalty.
“We work a lot with our penalties in training so we are pretty confident.
“The team did a great job. Everyone was giving their best, that’s why we won.
“We knew since the beginning that we had to trust the process. Mikel [Arteta] is bringing something very nice and we have to follow.”
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